Deeply Rooted Dance Theatre Chicago, USA

INDUMBA – Photo by Ken Carl

Wednesday 26 August – 19h00

Thursday 27 August – 12noon (repeat screening)


Premiere: 2017

Choreography: Fana Tshabalala

Originally creating INDUMBA to illuminate the perpetual impact of unresolved apartheid politics in South Africa, Fana Tshabalala, Artistic Director of Broken Borders Arts Project, spent three weeks in residence with Deeply Rooted Dance Theatre in July 2017, to adapt INDUMBA for an American audience. “Indumba” means African healing hut. This is an excerpt.

Parallel Lives – Photo by Michelle Reid

Parallel Lives

Premiere: 2018

Choreography: Gary Abbott

A contemporary narrative inspired by poor, working women who have shared life-changing events, both beautiful and tragic.

GOSHEN Extract – Photo by Ken Carl

 Dance Revival (GOSHEN Excerpt)

Premiere: 2019

Choreography: Tshediso Kabulu

Music: Donald Lawrence

The Story of the Exodus brings together Deeply Rooted Dance Theatre and Grammy Award-winning producer, songwriter, and gospel artist Donald Lawrence in a collaboration of gospel music, dramatic narrative, and dance theatre, exploring historic biblical themes of power, oppression, and deliverance in a contemporary setting. This is an excerpt.

Deeply Rooted Dance Theater

Gary Abbott (Choreographer)

Nicole Clarke-Springer (Artistic Director)

Tshediso Kabulu (Choreographer)

Deeply Rooted Dance Theater (DRDT), under the artistic direction of Nicole Clarke-Springer, re-imagines and diversifies the aesthetics of contemporary dance by uniting modern, classical, American, and African-American traditions in dance and storytelling. Through its uncompromising pursuit of excellence, DRDT demonstrates the transformative power of art and beauty through dance education, performance, and cultural enrichment in Chicago and on the world stage.  They have a long history with JOMBA! and have facilitated many exchanges and collaborations between South African artists and their DRDT home base in Chicago.